The Alisal Fire, which broke out early last week and quickly grew in size, was 97% contained on Wednesday. The fire, which forced the closure of both lanes of Highway 101 north of Goleta, has reached 17,281 acres. Roughly 492 personnel are working to finish containment, down from the nearly 1,800 personnel that had been tackling the fire over the last week. 

“Low cloud cover, decreased temperatures, higher relative humidity and some drizzle aided firefighters in moderating the Alisal Fire. Small patches of heat and some smoke persists around Droppoint 40. Crews mopped and patrolled all along the fire’s northern edge between Reagan Ranch and into Refugio Canyon,” a press release from the Los Padres National Forest on Tuesday read. 

“Crews continue to patrol and monitor the fire near the old Sherpa Fire. A small patch of heat remains to the east there, but it poses no threat and firefighters are working to secure it.” 

The forest service warned that motorists should still be safe while driving on Hwy 101, even though it is now open. 

All evacuation orders and warnings for the fire are canceled as of Monday. Tuesday saw “good” air quality across the county, compared to the “moderate” air quality that swept the county due to fire last week. 

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